A Teddy Bear for Every U.S. Senator
October 16, 2017
MomsRising to Hold News Conference with Senator Casey, Deliver Superhero-Themed Teddy Bears, Storybooks to Every Senator to Convey Devastating Impact of GOP Budget, Tax Plan on Moms and Families
As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote later this week on the Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget, the nation’s leading Moms group, with more than a million members, will deliver superhero-themed teddy bears and storybooks to every U.S. Senator tomorrow urging them to use their “legislative superpowers” to protect our health, nutrition and education, and the programs that provide essential services that boost families. The storybooks are collections of experiences from moms across the country whose families have been saved by or benefited from Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, WIC, child care assistance and other programs that are on the chopping block in the Senate’s proposed budget.
The delivery will take place throughout the day, both before and immediately following the news conference, which will be:
WHERE: U.S. Capitol, Room S-115
WHEN: Tuesday, October 17 at 11:30 am
WHO: U.S. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) and MomsRising CEO and Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner; MomsRising leaders and experts will be available for interviews
“Despite the lies President Trump and his Republican partners in Congress are telling, we are not fooled,” Rowe-Finkbeiner said. “It doesn’t matter how many times the administration touts its tax plan and its budget as a boon for the middle class. At the end of the day, we know it is designed to let Wall Street executives, real estate tycoons and our country’s wealthiest further line their pockets, with families footing the bill for years to come. We’re here today because working families want a national budget that boosts the middle class and our economy -- that gets children and families out of poverty -- that strengthens and preserves programs that lift our country’s most vulnerable -- that provides real relief to those who need it most. The budget the Senate will vote on this week will hurt, not help, working families. A budget that slashes funding for proven health care, nutrition and education programs in order to give trillions in dollars of tax cuts to the wealthy is a non-starter for the moms of America. The Senate must reject it.”
Helping deliver the teddy bears and storybooks will be more than 35 MomsRising staff members, who have come to Washington, D.C. from all across the country to press for a budget that advances the goals and reflects the priorities of America’s moms and families.